Correspondence VIII

Richard J. O'Melia Collection

  1. "Comptroller General of the United States"

  2. Date: (?)
    From: Hugh Campbell
    To: John L. McClellan
    Contents: Announces the establishment of the Office of Legislative Liaison and the appointment of Owen A. Kane as the liaison representative to the Committee on Government Operations.

     
  3. "Victor Lasky"

  4. Date: June 1, 19--
    From: Victor Lasky
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: "Dear Dick: By coincidence, after leaving Gene Castle's office this morning I found the enclosed clipping from the Baltimore Sun in the mail. It tells of how we're actually turning a friendly people -- the Austrians -- against us by showing off our wealth abroad. Specifically, please note the concluding paragraph, about the best propaganda for the U.S. would be getting rid of our propagandists in Austria. Gene's findings in his book are that this is generally true all over the world..."

     
  5. "September 25, 1952, 4:00 P.M." (handwritten note to Richard O'Melia to make a phone call tomorrow)

  6. Date: September 25, 1952
    From: (?)
    To: (?)
    Contents: States that George Kinnear called to request that Joseph McCarthy come to Washington to make a speech on behalf of himself, Senator Cain, and the Republican Party in general.

     
  7. "Western Union" (handwritten note attached)

  8. Date: October 1, 1952
    From: Chapman Revercomb
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Urges Joseph McCarthy come to West Virginia on October 20, 21, 28, or 29.

     
  9. "Western Union"

  10. Date: October 2, 1952
    From: Fred and Gerry Heiden
    To: Joseph McCarthy (in care of Richard O'Melia)
    Contents: States that Barry Goldwater supports McCarthy and that Joe Tuscon needs a pre-election pep rally.

     
  11. "Western Union"

  12. Date: October 2, 1952
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: George Olson
    Contents: Asks Olson to send information about McCarthy's schedule for his trip to Seattle, Washington, on October 22 and 23.

     
  13. "Western Union"

  14. Date: October 3, 1952
    To: Chapman Revercomb
    From: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: States that Joseph McCarthy is seriously considering coming to West Virginia, tentatively on October 21, and tells Revercomb to work with Walter S. Hallanan in order to make final arrangements.

     
  15. "Western Union"

  16. Date: October 7, 1952
    From: George C. Olsen on behalf of Harry P. Cain
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Asks how many will be in McCarthy's party for his trip to Washington and what airline they will be using.

     
  17. "Western Union"

  18. Date: October 8, 1952
    From: The Hockings
    To: Joseph McCarthy in care of Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Offers their home as McCarthy's headquarters during his stay in Tucson and invites him to a dinner in his honor.

     
  19. "Western Union"

  20. Date: October 11, 1952
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heiden
    Contents: Asks for complete details concerning McCarthy's schedule and appearances in Tucson. Requests that no dinners or press conferences be scheduled before or after his speech due to McCarthy's health.

     
  21. "Western Union"

  22. Date: October 11, 1952
    From: Fred Hieden
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Gives the details of McCarthy's planned appearance in Tucson, including that his speech will be attended by distinguished guests Governor Pyle, Barry Goldwater, and Steve Morehead.

     
  23. "October 13, 1952" (copy, attached is another letter, also a copy, written by Francis E. Flaherty requesting that Senator McCarthy come to a luncheon and speak before the Serra Club while in Seattle Washington)

  24. Date: October 13, 1952
    From: Ray Kermas
    To: Francis E. Flaherty
    Contents: Acknowledges having received Flaherty's letter and explains that neither Joseph McCarthy nor Richard O'Melia are present at the home office. Gives information for Flaherty to contact O'Melia.

     
  25. "Western Union"

  26. Date: October 16, 1952
    From: Ryan
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Reports that McCarthy's New Britain appearance has been canceled and states how O'Melia may go about canceling McCarthy's appearance at the Sheridan Luncheon. Advises that O'Melia keep pressure on Danaher and Richard Benson to win Chairman Waterbury so to be sure of having proper radio coverage.

     
  27. "Western Union"

  28. Date: October 18, 1952
    From: Ed Ingle
    To: Joseph McCarthy
    Contents: Suggests McCarthy present on television a film called "The March of Crime," which dramatizes corruption and Communism in the American government.

     
  29. "Western Union"

  30. Date: October 28, 1952
    From: John Chapple
    To: Francis Schweinler
    Contents: Suggests that Senator Wiley speak in Wisconsin about Communists in the United Nations in order to support McCarthy and to gain the support of McCarthy's supporters.

     
  31. "Western Union"

  32. Date: November 3, 1952
    From: Emory A. Samson
    To: Joseph McCarthy
    Contents: Congratulates McCarthy on a good speech and wishes him luck.

     
  33. "November 21, 1953" (copy, covered with handwritten notes, underlining, and cross-outs)

  34. Date: November 21, 1953
    From: Joseph McCarthy
    To: Rosel H. Hyde
    Contents: States that William Evjue of Badger Television Company has proven himself totally unfit to own and control a television station, and therefore Badger Television should not be considered as an applicant for the licensing of a new television station in Madison, Wisconsin. Makes this statement on the basis of the fact that Evjue has defended Communist leaders exposed by the Commission and has shown flagrant disregard for the Commissions explicit broadcasting rules. Refers to several enclosures from various newspapers and journals.

     
  35. "Charles Garland"

  36. Date: January 28, 1954
    From: Charles Garland
    To: Ross Rizley
    Contents: Explains how Garland came into possession of certain papers that are to be used by McCarthy in a formal investigative action against the Motion Picture Service of Agriculture, and asks for a letter to insure that he can still find employment after the investigation is over.

     
  37. "Western Union"

  38. Date: November 3, 1954
    From: Ransom Gaskill
    To: Joseph McCarthy
    Contents: Asks for a time and place where a delegation from the Department of New Jersey Army and Navy Union U.S.A. can present McCarthy with a citation.

     
  39. "Western Union"

  40. Date: November 18, 1954
    From: Fred H. Appleton
    To: Don O'Melia
    Contents: States that Otis Gomillion is withdrawing from the U.S. Marshall appointment in Appleton's favor.

     
  41. "Box 77" (handwritten note at bottom)

  42. Date: December 16, 1954
    From: Barbara Dumble
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Explains that Dumble has written an article and sent it into the American Mercury on behalf of McCarthy's cause.

     
  43. "37 Brunswick Street"

  44. Date: (?)
    From: Esther McDevitt
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed article which McDevitt is sending to O'Melia on the grounds that it attacks McCarthy.

     
  45. "Dear Dick" (handwritten letter)

  46. Date: January 12, 1955
    From: Don O'Melia
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Thanks Richard O'Melia for considerations over the past few months, and reports the address and phone number of a friend of Richard O'Melia from World War II, Mike Walchon.

     
  47. "States of New York Department of Law"

  48. Date: March 30, 1955
    From: Jacob K. Javits and Roth Kessler Toch
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: States that Javits and Toch are sending O'Melia reports of the Rapp-Courdert hearings.

     
  49. "American Civil Liberties Union" (copy)

  50. Date: June 9, 1955
    From: Patrick Murphy Malin
    To: George Sokolsky
    Contents: States that the American Civil Liberties Union has found that no violations of civil liberties were involved in the arrest and ongoing trial of Lucille Miller, and gives the reasons for these findings.

     
  51. "June 16, 1955"

  52. Date: June 16, 1955
    From: Richard J. O'Melia
    To: John L. Connolly
    Contents: Acknowledges the receipt of a letter from Connolly (see "Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company," June 14, 1955). Reports that O'Melia has discussed with McCarthy the introducing of a bill similar to S. 2638 at the 84 th Congress.

     
  53. "Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company"

  54. Date: June 14, 1955
    From: John L. Connolly
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: States that Connolly has enclosed a letter written by his associate, James P. Ryan (see "James P. Ryan Attorney at Law," June 10, 1955), and expresses the hope that McCarthy will aid Senator Thye in introducing certain legislation.

     
  55. "James P. Ryan Attorney at Law" (attached is a letter from Ryan to Senator Edward J. Thye, asking him to introduce into Congress a bill similar to S. 2638, and a copy of bill S. 2638)

  56. Date: June 10, 1955
    From: James P. Ryan
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Explains the background behind the creation of bill S. 2638, and asks O'Melia to speak to Mr. Harvey Higley on its behalf.

     
  57. "Department of the Army" (copy; attached is a letter, also a copy, from Thye to John J. Ryan, father of William J Ryan, explaining that he has sent a copy of a letter received from the Army concerning his son's need of medical aid).

  58. Date: (?)
    From: Colonel C.G. Blakeney
    To: Edward J. Thye
    Contents: Reports the army record of William J. Ryan, on whose behalf Thye is introducing bill S. 2638. Explains that Ryan is not eligible for admittance to a Veterans Hospital because his injury occurred while he was in a civilian status.

     
  59. "United States Senate" (copy)

  60. Date: October 5, 1949
    From: Edward J. Thye
    To: John J. Ryan
    Contents: Reports Thye's finding that, under current laws, there is no way that Ryan's son, William J. Ryan con receive aid from the U.S. government (see "Department of the Army"). States Thye's decision to offer a special bill in Congress on Ryan's behalf.

     
  61. "Western Union"

  62. Date: February 12, 1956
    From: Lawrence H. Smith
    To: Lyle Kennedy
    Contents: Reports that Chairman Richards of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has appointed an ad-hoc committee to study Communist China, consisting of Democrat Congressman Dood, Zablocki, and Byrd and Republican Congressmen Smith and Jackson.

     
  63. "Western Union"

  64. Date: July 30, 1956
    From: Jim McGoldrick
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Asks O'Melia to send multiple copies of bill H.R. 6040 along with the reports from the Finance Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

     
  65. "Sheils Halter McGoldrick and Fallon Attorneys at Law"

  66. Date: July 30, 1956
    From: James G. McGoldrick
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Requests copies of bill H.R. 1167, which was considered at the 84 th Congress, and of the reports from the Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees. Also asks the status of another bill to be introduced for the amendment of the Customs Simplification Act of 1954.

     
  67. "United States Senate Committee on Government Operations"

  68. Date: September 24, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Harry L. Wingate, Jr.
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document 148 and thanks Wingate for his assistance in compiling information which appears in said document. Requests an undersigned copy of all hearings, reports, and documents that were published by Wingate's committee.

     
  69. "Commission on Government Security" (attached is a letter from Lloyd Wright to President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, and Speaker of the House Rayburn setting forth the Committee's Commissioners and Subcommittees, also attached is a copy of the Joint Resolution to form the Commission on Government Security)

  70. Date: September 28, 1956
    From: Lloyd Wright
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: States that Lloyd has enclosed, as requested by O'Melia, a copy of a letter from the Commission on Government Security dated June 19, 1956, to President Dwight Eisenhower, Vice President Richard Nixon, and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, which sets forth the names of the Commissioners with a breakdown of the Subcommittees.

     
  71. "United States Senate Committee on Armed Services"

  72. Date: October 1, 1956
    From: Harry L. Wingate, Jr.
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Acknowledges O'Melia's request to be place on a mailing list to receive copies of all publications of the Committee on Government Operations, but explains that there is no permanent mailing list so that the Committee can only send out publications in response to O'Melia's specific request.

     
  73. "Militant Truth"

  74. Date: October 23, 1956
    From: Sherman A. Patterson
    To: Committee on Government Operations
    Contents: Requests a copy of Senate Document 148, "Congressional Investigations of Communism and Subversive Activities."

     
  75. "November 28, 1956" (copy)

  76. Date: November 28, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: H.J. Pierson
    Contents: Acknowledges having received a letter from Pierson sent Special Delivery, and suggests that Pierson and George A. Bowman correspond directly rather than using O'Melia as an intermediary.

     
  77. "Samuel Ward"

  78. Date: December 18, 1956
    From: Samuel Ward
    To: John L. McClellan
    Contents: Points out that hearings by the Senate Committee from 1919 concerning Bolshevik Propaganda have been omitted from the recently published Senate Document #148, Summary - Index 1918-1956 of Congressional Investigations of Communism.

     
  79. "December 26, 1956" (attached is a reply from Samuel Ward to Walter L. Reynolds)

  80. Date: December 26, 1956
    From: Walter L. Reynolds
    To: Samuel Ward
    Contents: Responds on behalf of John L. McClellan to and earlier letter from Samuel Ward (see "Samuel Ward") by replying that the hearings on Bolshevik Propaganda, which Ward thought were omitted, are actually on page three of Senate Document #148. In the attached note Ward explains why he made this error.

     
  81. "December 26, 1956"

  82. Date: December 26, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: George Fingold
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Massachusetts, up to and including 1956.

     
  83. "December 27, 1956"

  84. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: C. Ferdinand Sybert
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document # 148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Maryland, up to and including 1956.

     
  85. "December 27, 1956"

  86. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Harold R. Fatzer
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Kansas, up to and including 1956.

     
  87. "December 27, 1956"

  88. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Latham Castle
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Illinois, up to and including 1956.

     
  89. "December 27, 1956"

  90. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Louis C. Wyman
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of New Hampshire, up to and including 1956.

     
  91. "The State of New Hampshire"

  92. Date: January 4, 1957
    From: Louis C. Wyman
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: In response to O'Melia's request (see "December 27, 1956; To: Louis C. Wyman"), reports several corrections or omissions found in Senate Document #148 concerning reports and hearings which have been held in the State of New Hampshire, up to and including 1956.

     
  93. "December 27, 1956"

  94. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Jacob K. Javits
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of New York, up to and including 1956.

     
  95. "State of New York Department of Law"

  96. Date: January 3, 1957
    From: Jacob K. Javits
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: In response to O'Melia's request (see "December 27, 1956;" To: Jacob Javits), reports that Javits has not corrections or omissions to suggest for Senate Document #148 regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of New York, up to and including 1956.

     
  97. "December 27, 1956"

  98. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Louis C. Wyman
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of New Hampshire, up to and including 1956.

     
  99. "December 27, 1956"

  100. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Vernon W. Thomson
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Wisconsin, up to and including 1956.

     
  101. "State of Wisconsin Executive Office"

  102. Date: January 29, 1957
    From: Vernon W. Thomson
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Thanks O'Melia for sending him a copy of Senate Document #148 and proudly comments on how only one of all the hearings makes reference to Wisconsin. Points out that in 1955, the Wisconsin legislature also attempted to pass a Subversive Activities Control bill.

     
  103. "December 27, 1956"

  104. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Committee on Un-Filipino Activities
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the Philippines, up to and including 1956.

     
  105. "February 6, 1957" (two copies)

  106. Date: February 6, 1957
    From: Joaquin R. Roces
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: Acknowledges the receipt of O'Melia's letter (see "December 27, 1956;: To: Committee on UN-Filipino Activities), and refers to an enclosed copy of a mimeograph CAFA Report as first presented and approved by the Committee on UN-Filipino Activities.

     
  107. "December 27, 1956"

  108. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: I.M.U.A.
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in Hawaii, up to and including 1956.

     
  109. "Hawaii Residents' Association"

  110. Date: January 14, 1957
    From: Robert C. Rhoads
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: In response to O'Melia's request (see "December 27, 1956;" To: I.M.U.A.), reports several corrections or omissions found in Senate Document #148 concerning reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Hawaii, up to and including 1956.

     
  111. "December 27, 1956"

  112. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Thomas M. Kavanagh
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Michigan, up to and including 1956.

     
  113. "State of Michigan"

  114. Date: January 29, 1957
    From: Thomas M. Kavanagh
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: In response to O'Melia's request (see "December 27, 1956;" To: Thomas M. Kavanagh), reports several corrections or omissions found in Senate Document #148 concerning reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Michigan, up to and including 1956.

     
  115. "December 27, 1956"

  116. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Don Eastvold
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Washington, up to and including 1956.

     
  117. "State of Washington"

  118. Date: January 14, 1957
    From: Michael R. Alfieri
    To: Richard O'Melia
    Contents: In response to O'Melia's request (see "December 27, 1956;" To: Don Eastvold), reports several corrections or omissions found in Senate Document #148 concerning reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Washington, up to and including 1956.

     
  119. "December 27, 1956"

  120. Date: December 27, 1956
    From: Richard O'Melia
    To: Mac Q. Williamson
    Contents: Refers to an enclosed copy of Senate Document #148 and asks for suggestions of corrections or omissions regarding reports and hearings which have been held in the State of Oklahoma, up to and including 1956.


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